Timing belt help
Ok, so the other day my car broke down. I wasn't at high rpms, the car sat at idle while I ran inside. When I came out I went maybe 75 feet to a stop sign. When I hit the brakes the car started sputtering and shaking really bad. I had this problem with vacuum hoses popping off, and I replaced them a few das latter. When I resume driving the problem went away, but this time I had no low end torque. I was flooring it and maybe hit 30 mph. As I stopped at another stop sign the car died. So when I restarted it I had to press the brake and gas to keep it going, and to put it into gear. I didn't go very far until I could pull over and when I did I checked the vacuum hoses and as I expected, they were fine so I cranked up the idler just to see if it would help and of course, it didn't. After that I turned the car off, tried to turn it over and it started. Now it started to rattle and I didn't want to risk it so I moved a few feet so my car wouldn't get towed and left it there. My step dad came and looked at it and it won't start now. He thinks the timing belt skipped a tooth, so we got it towed back home, and I'm working on it today. I have everything off that I need. Spark plugs are pulled and I'm ready to line things up, but I'm not sure how to do so.
From what I can tell you need to align the notch on the crankshaft to a knob under the crankshaft (I have pics). My knob has 3 settings. I am not sure if it has to be dead center, or if setting it to the right or left will affect it. I'm sure it needs to be dead center, but I'm just wanting a second opinion.
I'll add some pics when photobucket decides it wants to work.
Last edited by tbird100636; 11-27-08 at 10:24 PM.
Reason: Spelling and punctuation